Intellectuals and Race

Intellectuals and Race

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Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense of one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light.

The views of individual intellectuals have spanned the spectrum, but the views of intellectuals as a whole have tended to cluster. Indeed, these views have clustered at one end of the spectrum in the early twentieth century and then clustered at the opposite end of the spectrum in the late twentieth century. Moreover, these radically different views of race in these two eras were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were very similar in both eras.

Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, economic and statistical evidence-- all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially intellectuals at the highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. The impact of intellectuals' ideas and crusades on the larger society, both past and present, is the ultimate concern. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely from racial theories of intelligence to eugenics to "social justice" and multiculturalism.

In addition to in-depth examinations of these and other issues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups, but for societies as a whole.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465058723
0465058728
Branch Call Number: 305.5 Sowell 2013
Characteristics: vii, 184 p. ; 25 cm

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icbenjamin Mar 03, 2014

Prof. Sowell packs an incredible amount of material into less than 150 pages. He traces racial/ethnic discrimination in the modern age, globally and through time, from it's roots in eugenics (genetic hierarchy of races) through to today's multi-culti diversity cult (social justice, white guilt, western guilt, etc.). His book isn't light reading, but is well worth the time spent doing so if you want to get a good understanding of the history and the philosophical underpinnings of the politics of discrimination.

Just the existence of Intellectuals and Race is bound to infuriate those, like StarGladiator, who need to feel superior to the "neocon Black" whose book is not "even worthy of a comment." This alone is an excellent reason to read this cover to cover, if only to be able to criticize the book rather than the author's race and politics.

EuSei Sep 16, 2013

Dr. Sowell’s books are not simply brilliant, but also deep studies on the economy (he has a doctorate in economics), and, in this case, race in the US. In Dr. Sowell’s own words: “Most, but not all, of these chapters first appeared in a special section on race that was added to the revised edition of a much larger and more sweeping study, Intellectuals and Society: Revised and Expanded Edition. Here I have belatedly taken the advice of my research assistant Na Liu, and published these chapters in a separate book for those who wish to focus on racial issues, rather than take on the larger and more time-consuming task of traveling on a more sweeping journey across the landscape of intellectuals' influences on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace.” Through meticulous research (very well documented, as are all his books) “Intellectuals and Race” dismantles the liberal argument about race and exposes the "intellectual" community for its intellectual dishonesty and arrogance. If you are interested in the subject and have an open mind, read first "Black Rednecks & White Liberals."

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StarGladiator
Sep 13, 2013

Is a book by Thomas Sowell even worthy of comment (a neocon, a Black-American in this case)? Really, if all racism, and all the other 'isms, disappeared tomorrow, would not the same oligarchs or hegemons still be in control?

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stevie22
Sep 12, 2013

I thought I was an intellectual but this was beyond me. Maybe I just had different expectations.

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